NAVPERS 15665I VERBIAGE CHANGE:
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NARR/REF A IS NAVPERS 15665I, U.S. NAVY UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN is the first in a series of uniform policy changes
aimed to enhance clarity, interpretation and application of uniform policies
found in reference (a) by deleting subjective terms and phrases that lead to
inconsistent application of uniform standards. Reference (a) is issued by
the direction of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and carries the force of
a general order.
The policy guidance promulgated by reference (a) applies to all Sailors
equally and regardless of their rank, grade, positions held, ethnicity or
community assigned. The difference between male and female grooming policies
is intended to recognize the differences between the sexes.
2. Background. During the summer and fall of 2020, the Navy conducted a
review of reference (a), hair and grooming policy statements for racial bias.
Additionally, a series of focus groups, working groups and interviews with
Sailors were conducted to determine whether or not there was perceived or
unperceived racism in the Navys grooming policies. Participating Sailors
were comprised of paygrades E-3 through O-6, male and female, ashore and
afloat, various communities and multiple ethnicities representing the Navys
diverse demographics. The review of reference (a) and discussions with
Sailors concluded that the Navys grooming policies are not racially biased,
but various terms, phrases and definitions were found to be subjective and
lead to misinterpretation.
Additionally, Sailors participating in focus groups, working groups and
interviews cited numerous occurrences of inconsistent application and
enforcement of grooming policies based on the interpretation of terms and
definitions creating the perception of bias.
3. In response to reference (a) review findings, Sailor feedback and
recommendations received, the following update of terms, phrases and
definitions in Navy grooming and appearance policies is
a. Faddish (delete term)
b. Good Taste (delete term)
c. Eccentric/Eccentricities (delete term)
d. Complement the Individual (delete term)
e. Complement the Skin Tone (delete term)
f. Smartness (delete term)
g. Conspicuous/Inconspicuous (delete term)
h. Outrageous (delete term)
i. Professional Appearance (revise term)
j. Complementary Appearance (add term and definition)
k. Professional Military Appearance (add term)
l. Uniform Distraction (add term and definition)
4. The appropriate articles in reference (a), chapters one through seven,
will be updated to reflect the verbiage update. Updated uniform policy
changes are forthcoming and will focus on simplifying grooming and appearance
policies to alleviate misinterpretation and facilitate equal and ready
compliance and enforcement.
5. Reference (a) is continuously reviewed for policy applicability,
accuracy, clarity and comprehension. Navy uniform policy updates directly
support Sailor 2025 objectives to attract and retain the very best Sailors by
finding greater flexibility in our policies and practices, including
uniforms. Navy uniform policy updates are the result of Fleet feedback,
command sponsored requests and direction from Navy leadership.
6. Questions regarding this NAVADMIN should be addressed to Mr.
Robert B. Carroll, Navy Uniform Matters and Emerging Issues Branch (OPNAV
N13X), via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
ETCM(SW/AW/EXW) Richard Baumert, Deputy Branch Head, OPNAV N13X, via e-mail
at email@example.com or ETC(SW) Ryan P. Cameron, OPNAV N13X, via e-
mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Feedback and recommendations regarding uniform policy, uniform components
and uniform availability are welcomed and can be provided via MyNavy Portal
at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/, select Professional Resources, U.S. Navy
Uniforms and *Ask The Chiefs.* Feedback can also be provided via the MyNavy
8. Retain this NAVADMIN until policy changes are incorporated in reference
(a), superseded or cancelled, whichever occurs first.
9. Released by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr, N1.//